How To Install WordPress On Bluehost Hosting in 2023 – Complete Tutorial


Want to create a blog on WordPress?

This is a complete beginners guide that will help you to start your blog and do check the bottom section to learn how to use WordPress as well.

All these pieces of information are free and feel free to take action and start building something new.

Install WordPress On Bluehost Hosting
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This guide is for newbies to learn how to install WordPress on Bluehost hosting. I have shared the exact steps that would help you create your blog using WordPress.

I have used Bluehost for my sites and my client sites, and what I like about them is they don’t oversell themselves.

They’re simple, they’re innovating new stuff to make WordPress management easier, and they’re one of the best.

Many of you might not be knowing the fact that Bluehost is one of the officially recommended hosts by WordPress, which is a big deal.

One thing I like about Bluehost is that they’ve scaled their server for optimum performance when running WordPress.

They offer unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage, premium support, and everything else you could possibly need to run a successful WordPress blog. Recently Bluehost made some major improvements in terms of WordPress management and that includes you can use free SSL, WordPress will be auto-installed and they made WordPress more secure on their server.

Complete Guide To Create a WordPress Blog on Bluehost

The self-hosted WordPress platform is one of the best platforms to start blogging and making money.

We have already shared a complete guide on how to start a new blog, and you can refer to that guide to get started.

So why Bluehost?

Bluehost offers a standard cPanel hosting, which comes with Fantastico. Fantastico is one of the easiest ways to install WordPress, or you can use the manual WordPress installation method. Though, I would suggest using Fantastico because it’s really easy and effective.

If you’re still struggling to decide if Bluehost is right for you, I suggest just go for it. It’s important that any WordPress web host meets certain technical requirements, and Bluehost perfectly meets these needs. It can handle any low-medium traffic site with ease. That said, I always recommend using a WordPress cache plugin when you are using shared/VPS hosting.

Assuming you already have a Bluehost account (if you don’t, get one here), you are ready to move ahead with this tutorial.

Bluehost has completely revamped its web-hosting and made it WordPress oriented. Unlike old times when you had to create your blog manually, these days Bluehost automatically installs and setup WordPress for you. If you have followed the above guide and simply purchased hosting + free domain name from Bluehost, it will start installing WordPress for you automatically.

This could take anywhere between 5-50 minutes. In case you see a screen like this

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and you are stuck, log in to your Bluehost Dashboard. This is what new Bluehost Dashboard looks like in 2023:

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Click on Login to WordPress to automatically login inside your WordPress Blog dashboard.

I’m creating a few videos to help you understand the whole process. For now, this will help you to get started with WordPress on Bluehost hosting.

Installing WordPress Manually on Bluehost:

Now, for some reason you deleted your existing WordPress installation or want to install WordPress on a new domain (Addon domain), you can follow the steps mentioned to do so.

  • Login to your Bluehost Hosting Dashboard
  • Click on Marketplace
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  • Click on Add Website
  • Enter details
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Click on next and select the domain on which you want WordPress to be installed.

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Click on next and WordPress will be installed on your selected domain within 5 minutes.

That’s it!

Here is a video tutorial that will show you the exact process of installing WordPress on Bluehost:

Things To Do After Installing WordPress On Bluehost:

Once WordPress is installed (on any host) there are a few things that you should always do.

This takes us to the next lesson in our series:

Part 4: Essential Things To Do After Installing WordPress

Let me know if you get stuck anywhere in the process. And let me know what you think about Bluehost. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

In the next section, you will learn how to install WordPress manually. You may this need only in some specific scenario, and on specific hosting. Either way, it is useful to know, when auto installation fails, and you wish to install WordPress without automated software.

How to Install WordPress Manually

We need a couple of things handy before we start with the process. So, here is the list of things, which you should be prepared with.

  • WordPress software: Download the latest version of WordPress from official download page.
  • FTP Access of your hosting account
  • cPanel access to create Database and DB user and password. 
  • So I assume, you have everything ready and you have downloaded WordPress too.

Create Database and Database User:

I believe for non-technical users, this step is the only step where you will be getting a little confused. So, follow this step by step guide and screenshot and create your first DB and associate a username and password to it.

This is one setting, which we need to change in Wp-config later in this WordPress manual installation tutorial.

Cretae MySQL Database Wizard
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Almost, all hosting with cPanel offers MySQL database wizard, which makes it easier. Login to your cPanel and click on MySQL database wizard under database, and create a database.

Create Database
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Creating Database for WordPress Installation

Click next step and give a username and password to your newly created database. My suggestion, use a password generator there to create a strong and complex password.

MYSQL Database Wizard
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User and pass for WP Database

Once you click on Create user, the next step is to give privileges to the users. On the next page, click on all privileges to the newly created user and click on next step.

Privilages to new user MYSQL
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Giving Privileges to Database user

That’s it and you have created a database and username for your new WordPress installation.

Make sure, you note down all the details: DB name, DB username and DB password in a notepad, as we will be needing it in next step.

Complete WordPress manual Installation Tutorial:

So, I assume we are all set to move ahead. From here, we can take 2-3 different steps to move ahead with manual installation of WordPress.

You can either extract .zip file directly and edit the wp-config file, as shown below, and upload complete WordPress folder to root of your domain (Public_html), or you can use cPanel file manager to extract and edit the content of wp-config file.

Anyways, the only step which we need here is to change the wp-config content and upload it to the right folder on your FTP. You can use a free FTP client like FileZilla, to do it.

But to keep this tutorial simple, I will be using Web hosting cPanel. 

Uploading WordPress to your cPanel:

Now, under your cPanel, go to file manager and upload the WordPress zip file which you have downloaded. Once you have uploaded the file, click on extract and extract everything to the public_html directory. (Note: it should be the first WordPress installation on your cPanel).

If it’s an add-on domain, extract files to the directory which you have given to the add-on domain. Usually public_html/addon-domain name.

To make this step simple, I’m extracting everything under the public_html directory.

Under your cPanel hosting, you can go to Files > File manager and browse to public_html directory and upload the file.

extracting WordPress
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Usually, the file extractor will create a directory named “WordPress’ and extract all files under it.

Since we are doing installation on the main domain, ( and not (, we will move all files to directly under /public_html director by using move command.

Browse to /public_html/WordPress using file manager again, select all files and click on move at the top, and move all files to public_html.

Editing WordPress wp-config file:

Now, next step is to fill out the database information in wp-config file. You can make a copy of wp-config-sample.php and rename it to wp-config.php. Now, select wp-config.php and click on edit:

editing wp-config WordPress
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In this file, here are a couple of things that you have to change:

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here');
/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'username_here');
/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here');
/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

Now, replace database_name_here, username_here, password_here with the details which we created in step 1.

Db_host usually remains Localhost in most of the shared hosting like Bluehost, Dreamhost & HostGator. Once you have added those details, click on save changes.

Executing WordPress Manual installer script:

Till now, we have done all the basic settings which we need to install WordPress manually.

Now, all we need to do is run the WordPress install script, give a user and password to your wp-admin and do some basic settings. Here is the last thing which you need to do to have your WordPress blog up and running:

Go to this URL:

(replace with your actual domain name here).

First select the language of WordPress installation:

select Installation language
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Final WordPress Manal Installaton step
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On the next screen, give a username and password to your WordPress installation.

Try avoiding giving admin as username and use a complex password. Once everything is set, you can login to your admin dashboard by going to the following link. Replace with the actual domain name:

Now, here are some of the basic posts and steps which you should be following to move ahead with it:

and don’t forget to bookmark our WordPress guide, which will give you all the basic guide you need to use WordPress.

Here are a few hand-picked articles to help you learn more:

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

170 thoughts on “How To Install WordPress On Bluehost Hosting in 2023 – Complete Tutorial”

  1. Sugam Singh

    It is a very informative article. I also think to move on Bluehost. is that secure for WordPress?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Hey Sugam,

      yes, it is absolutely secure.

  2. bhavesh

    Hello, sir,
    nice article. I have a doubt about SSL certificate. I have not purchased the certificate at the time of hosting but I want it now. now, where can I find a certificate and how I install it.?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      If you are on Bluehost hosting, you don’t have to purchase it. Just follow the steps mentioned in the above tutorial and you will be able to setup free SSL certificate.

  3. Harsh Agrawal

    This is nothing to be worried about. The reason for showing this comment is because it takes a while for your chosen domain to become registered. It takes a day or two, and sometimes much quicker. Go ahead and start working on your site and when the real domain is ready, it should work automatically.

  4. Raj rana

    I want to ask that sir which is better hosting host gator or Blue host and which website is provide offers free SSL with word press.

    1. Harsh Agrawal is a better hosting and provides free SSL with WordPress

  5. Birendraprasad Khan

    Dear sir,

    i am regular reader of your Blog from long time, ihave also started my blog using , godaddy domain, but the problem is that my sites load very slowly , kindly suggest me which hosting service is best and fast, and please also post arttical on how to migeate your blog from one hosting company yo another,

    Thank you very very much sir

  6. mohammad ali

    Hello Harsh, how are you?
    Thank You for giving information, Can you tell me Bluehost offers free SSL + WordPress tools because I want to start free digital marketing blogging for a beginner.
    Please recommend me which is best now.

  7. jass

    Hello Harsh,
    My question is, is bluehost reliable and how many sites we can host on it and also they providing us email service related to domain.


    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Bluehost is reliable.
      Depending upon plan that you select, you can host limited or unlimited website, depending upon the kind of website you are running. They do provide free domain email service as well.

  8. SAIF

    Here is one piece of advice for you: If shared hosting is handling your site perfectly fine, then no need to upgrade to cloud package or any other.

  9. aakarshan sharma

    I want to ask that sir which is better hosting hostgator or bluehost. part4 essentials things to do after installing wordpress is really helpful for me thank you so much and please tell me which hosting is better?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Opt for Bluehost for hosting WordPress site as they offer free SSL.
      For other platforms (which is not WordPress specific), you can consider either of them.

  10. sahas

    Nice article Harsh sir. Will this hosting provide me good realtime ?
    by the way keep up the good work.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Oh yeah! Bluehost offers great uptime. One of the best in shared hosting space.

  11. Rishabh

    This is another nice article from harsh agrawal. Bluehost is that the best and reliable internet hosting for beginning a diary. i’m also thinking that shifted to bluehost. This post is nice facilitate for me and others also.

  12. Priyannka

    Hi Harsh! I am just starting my blog and am totally in mess with all settings and plugins. A lot of them are giving problems. I was trying to do everything following your articles but still lot of things are not working. Will you be able to take out some time to help me start my blog? I have many questions.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Could you let me know which plugin or settings are you facing issue with?
      I can help you fix them.

      1. priyannka

        Thanks for taking out time Harsh! Let me start by saying mine is shared hosting. I am using blue hosting but I dont know how my wordpress was installed automatically. There were no options for installing it there. Now the Bluehost is showing the comment they are provisioning the WordPress installation on a temporary domain, which is a bit confusing for me.
        My other problem is with some plugins. so I stopped trying installing them for a while. Akismet was not activating and was not giving me API key.
        One question is I wanted all the settings and plugins to be perfect before publishing my article. So, can I install all the plugins before publishing? Is it a good practice?

        1. Harsh Agrawal

          Yah its a known issue and happens once in a while.
          Bluehost now offers automatic installer and I have checked and updated the guide with all important steps.
          Yes, you can and you should activate all essential plugins before publishing.

  13. Techno Ravish

    Thank you sir, for a great article. When do you know its time to move on to a higher end hosting package? What should you look for? Is it easy to move from shared hosting to another type of service? Thank you!

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      It’s always easy to move from one hosting to another.
      One should consider the main reason for moving:
      For example:
      Is it Bandwidth?
      Is it Storage?
      Is it resources like Ram?
      Is it support?
      Is it pricing?
      Is it compatibility?

      When your existing hosting is causing issue and its not the error of WordPress or the platform you are using, that’s the time you should consider switching.

  14. Akash Mishra

    is Godaddy Hosting better than Bluehost? Please suggest me with which i should use. i am now using godaddy hosting.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      I have tried GoDaddy hosting and definitely its not as good as Bluehost.
      Bluehost is highly WordPress centric and offer better performance and tools to run WordPress sites.

  15. Rahul Solanki

    I was thinking to change my Hosting service from Dollar2Host to Bluehost. After reading you’re posting about hosting service, I am ready to move with Bluehost. Thanx Harsh Sir.

  16. jeevan

    #Bluehost is really a good hosting company. Their support is very impressive. WordPress Site made with Bluehost opens up very quickly, compared to other hosting companies.

  17. amar singh

    Nice article . I have one question..
    Is it possible to change the hosting provider from godaddy to any other? If yes then is it 100% safe ? Please help me out.

  18. Sinchan Dey

    Hi Harsh

    Should I choose the Bluehost Indian servers or the US one? Most of my audience now are from India but I wish to grow internationally. Which one to choose please suggest.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Bluehost USA is far superior than Bluehost India. Bluehost India is just rebranded version of reseller India and should be avoided.

  19. ravi

    Incredible article! I have one more inquiry however in the event that I purchase facilitating from Blue-host and afterward proceed onward to making my blog on WordPress yet I don’t purchase their own arrangement, suppose, will I have every one of those WordPress promotions on my blog? That is to say, in the wake of getting Bluehost, what benefits do I have precisely on WordPress? I need to begin a decent blog, however with the base monetary help, in this way, is it alright in the event that I simply run with the free arrangement from WordPress? (and afterward change to a paid arrangement, if my bolg turns out sort of effective)

    You’re the best!

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